Holistic health care: Patients' experiences of health care provided by an Advanced Practice Nurse
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Introduction: Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a fairly new role in the Swedish health care system.
Aim: To describe patients' experiences of health care provided by an APN in primary health care.
Methods: An inductive, descriptive qualitative approach with qualitative open‐ended interviews was chosen to obtain descriptions from 10 participants regarding their experiences of health care provided by an APN. The data were collected during the spring 2012, and a qualitative approach was used for analyze.
Results: The APNs had knowledge and skills to provide safe and secure individual and holistic health care with high quality, and a respectful and flexible approach. The APNs conveyed trust and safety and provided health care that satisfied the patients' needs of accessibility and appropriateness in level of care.
Conclusion: The APNs way of providing health care and promoting health seems beneficial in many ways for the patients. The individual and holistic approach that characterizes the health care provided by the APNs is a key aspect in the prevailing change of health care practice. The transfer of care and the increasing number of older adults, often with a variety of complex health problems, call for development of the new role in this context.
Eriksson, I, Lindblad, M, Möller, U, Gillsjö, C. Holistic health care: Patients' experiences of health care provided by an Advanced Practice Nurse. Int J Nurs Pract. 2018; 24:e12603. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12603 Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12603
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